IPPSA 30th Annual Conference. March 10-12, 2024. The Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Alberta

2022 Fall Conference Program

Monday, November 14, 2022

07:00 – 08:00

Registration Desk Open

sponsored by Capital Power

sponsored by FortisAlberta

08:00 – 08:10


Evan Bahry, Executive Director, Independent Power Producers Society of Alberta (IPPSA)

08:10 – 08:45

SESSION 1: Opening Keynote
Taking its place on centre stage, the Government of Alberta faces the challenge of overseeing the orderly decarbonization of the largest emitting province in Canada, while ensuring investor confidence, energy security and affordability.   We look forward to hearing the latest perspectives from our industry’s Associate Minister. 

The Hon. Matt Jones, Minister, Affordability and Utilities, Government of Alberta

08:45 – 9:30

SESSION 2: Alberta’s Pathways 
Building on its key Net Zero Emissions Pathways paper, the AESO will share its latest thinking on the essential considerations and optimal pathways facing Alberta. 

KayLynn Litton, Partner and Canadian Head of Energy, Norton Rose Fulbright

Miranda Keating Erickson, Vice President, Markets, Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)

Q & A

9:30 – 10:15

Sponsored by EDC Associates Ltd

10:15 – 11:30

SESSION 3:  Financing an Affordable and Reliable Transition
EDC & Associates will begin this panel by sharing their views of Net Zero policy on Alberta’s market prices.   Investors will then speak to the variables they need to consider – including price, policy, offsets, and risk – in order to green-light future builds and help make this transition affordable for consumers.

Julia Frayer, Managing Director, London Economics International

Duane Reid Carlson, President and CEO, EDC Associates Ltd
Kelsen Vallee, Managing Director, CIBC World Markets
Ian Sanchez, Managing Director, BowMont Capital and Advisory

Q & A

11:30 – 12:00

SESSION 4: Capital Power Perspective from 10,000 feet
Capital Power’s President & CEO will share his perspectives on Alberta’s decarbonization pathways, and the challenges and opportunities for industry, policy makers and stakeholders. 

Allison Sears, Partner, Fasken

Kate Chisholm, Q.C., Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer, Capital Power

Q & A

12:00 – 13:15

sponsored by Heartland Generation Ltd and Berkshire Hathaway Energy

13:15 – 13:45

SESSION 5:  TransAlta Perspective from 10,000 feet
IPPSA is pleased to welcome one of our industry’s leading CEOs to share his perspectives on the next great challenge and opportunity facing our industry.

Kimberly Howard, Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

John Kousinioris, President and CEO, TransAlta Corporation

Q & A

13:45 – 15:00

SESSION 6: Views from International Markets
Before Alberta takes its leap of faith, maybe we should ask around?   Or call a friend?  This panel will feature international jurisdictions who are grappling with accelerated energy transitions.   How are they dealing with reliability, affordability and energy security?  What are the key lessons Alberta can learn and pitfalls we can avoid?

Jason Chee-Aloy, Managing Director, Power Advisory

Cian McLeavey-Reville, Senior Manager, Markets Development, National Grid ESO
Carlos Batlle, Research Scholar, MIT Energy Initiative
Paula Conboy, Senior Counsel, Sussex Strategy Group
Kevin Dawson, Director, Forecasting and Analytics, Alberta Electric System Operator

Q & A

15:00 – 15:30

Sponsored by Guidehouse

15:30 – 16:30

SESSION 7: The Great Debate:  Alberta Interties as a Pathway to NZ 2035
Panacea or pyrrhic victory?   Godsend or garbage fire?   IPPSA is pleased to host a great debate on the role of new interties to and from Alberta as a pathway to Net O.   Given its unique open market and its neighbours’ regulated regimes, intertie expansion to and from Alberta faces unique considerations.  The audience will be spell bound.  Participation is a must!

Carolyn Dahl Rees, Chair, Alberta Utilities Commission

Ed Rihn, President and CEO, BHE Canada
Paisley Sim, Canada Grid Lead, Transition Accelerator
Laura Arnold, Head, External Affairs, Regulatory & Market Policy, TransAlta
Tim Boston, Vice President of Public Policy and Government Relations, ENMAX and IPPSA Chair

Q & A

16:45 – 18:15

Women+Power Reception

18:30 – 22:20

sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright & Black & Veatch

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

07:00 – 08:00

Registration Desk Open

Continental Breakfast
sponsored by Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company Inc

Early Morning Coffee
sponsored by TC Energy

08:00 – 08:45

SESSION 8: Keynote: Partnering with Alberta’s Indigenous Communities
Alberta’s Indigenous Communities are getting into the power industry thanks, in part, to the Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation.  With $1 billion in loan guarantees available, we’re pleased to have their CEO address the AIOC’s mandate and program.

Jason Beblow, President and CEO, URICA Energy Management

Chana Martineau, Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation

Q & A

08:45 – 10:00

SESSION 9: New Technologies on the Centre Stage
Drum roll please.  This panel features an overview of a wide cross-section of technologies to help achieve Net 0.   They represent incredible potential and transformative change for Alberta’s power sector.  What are their timeframes?  What are their barriers? And what are their costs?

Patricia Scroggin-Wicker, Director, Process Technology, Burns & McDonnell

Amee Barber, Director Government Relations and Business Development, General Fusion
Justin Rangooni, Executive Director, Energy Storage Canada
Breanne Fox, Director, Commercial Management and Carbon Technology, Capital Power
Abbas Ali Beg, Manager, Clean Fuels Development, ATCO
Gracia Tjong, Senior Development Lead, Clean Hydrogen Project, Suncor

Q & A

10:00 – 10:45

sponsored by ENMAX Energy Corporation

10:45 – 12:00

SESSION 10: Alberta’s Unique Emissions Mitigations Pathway
Significant thermal fleet, significant renewables and significant credit trading opportunities means a unique pathway for emissions policy in Alberta.   This panel will explore ‘TIER 2.0’, the carbon market and other emissions policy constructs needed to get to Net Zero.

Andrea Roszell, Director, Energy, Sustainability and Infrastructure, Guidehouse

Nicole Spears, Executive Director, Generation, Transmission and Markets, Alberta Affordability and Utilities, Government of Alberta
Amy Zell, Technical Director, Voluntary Carbon Markets, the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)
Chris Joy, Vice President, Energy Marketing & Commercial Development, ENMAX Energy
Heather Stephens, Chief Operating Officer, Emissions Reduction Alberta

Q & A

12:00 – 13:30

sponsored by Jensen Shawa Solomon Duguid Hawkes LLP (JSS Barristers) and Power Advisory

13:30 – 14:45

SESSION 11: Great Big Next Steps
Big investments have been made and big ideas are in the queue for these players.   Hear what these panelists think of the new technologies and market evolutions coming to Alberta.   What can consumers and producers expect in the years to come?

Karleen Batty, Partner and Canadian Energy Market Strategy & Transactions Leader, Ernst & Young LLP

Lisa Mueller, President and CEO, FutEra Power
Geoff Lester, President and CEO, Lionstooth Energy Inc
Dan Balaban, President and CEO, Greengate Power
Greg Retzer, Senior Vice President, ENMAX

Q & A